Jacob Abela is a Melbourne-based keyboardist and composer, acclaimed for his work in the new music field. Jacob has appeared at the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival (USA), Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music, Metropolis New Music Festival, ISCM World New Music Days, Sydney Festival and Mathemusical Conversations (Singapore). Jacob also performs regularly with the Melbourne and Sydney symphony orchestras.
Jacob frequently engages composers to write new music and performs their music regularly. His dedication to contemporary music led him to be selected, as one of two pianists worldwide, as a Fellow for the 2013 and 2014 Bang on a Can Summer Music festivals. In 2015, Jacob co-founded Rubiks, a contemporary art music ensemble dedicated to story-based interdisciplinary artistic collaborations. Rubiks has received critical acclaim for its performances, including a collaboration with the Swedish composer Marcus Fjellström, which resulted in a portrait concert of his works for animation and ensemble and the debut recording of his work Imaginarium.
Jacob’s compositions have been performed at the 2013 Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival, Bricolage Collective’s debut performance, Duplicity, and other events throughout Australia. His recent commissions include a solo work for Orchestra Victoria’s principal bass trombonist Benjamin Anderson and Rubiks flautist Tamara Kohler.